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Say Hello to Zorro!

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by Carter Goodrich
     
 

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Mister Bud is a dog of routine. He has wake up time, nap time, rest time, dinner time, etc. And everyone knows to follow his schedule.

Then disaster strikes. A stranger comes home at "make a fuss time" and throws everything off! Zorro is little bit bossy and Mister Bud wants nothing to do with him. But when the dogs discover they like the same things (like

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Mister Bud is a dog of routine. He has wake up time, nap time, rest time, dinner time, etc. And everyone knows to follow his schedule.

Then disaster strikes. A stranger comes home at "make a fuss time" and throws everything off! Zorro is little bit bossy and Mister Bud wants nothing to do with him. But when the dogs discover they like the same things (like chasing the cat and napping), everything becomes more fun. As long as everyone follows the schedule.

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Publishers Weekly
This stylish exploration of canine sibling rivalry gains from Goodrich's (The Hermit Crab) understated humor, sharp eye for the nuances of domestic relationships, and talent for painting lumpy sleeping dogs. Mister Bud—a hound of indeterminate breed with an enormous, moist snout—has something even more important than possessions. "He had his own schedule. And everybody stuck to the schedule." When a small pug named Zorro shows up at "Greet and Make a Fuss Time," backs arch and tempers rise. Goodrich's judicious use of one or two sentences per picture heightens the tension as the dogs clash. "Zorro had his own things, and he could be bossy," says one page; Zorro is in an armchair next to a ridiculous number of stuffed toys. "Mister Bud had his own things, and he could be grumpy," reads the next. Naturally the two become best friends, but don't look for childlike sincerity. Although kids may not immediately grasp the idea that Mister Bud's curmudgeonly habits symbolize the foibles that are likely to trip up human friendships, they will respond to Goodrich's polished comic timing. Ages 4–8. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Mister Bud, a contented dog, enjoys his life. He has his own house, bed, toys, dish, and particularly his daily schedule, which is followed by the rest of the family, from wake-up time to movie and bedtime. But one day his owners bring home a stranger, a small dog named Zorro. At first it is not easy for bossy Zorro and grumpy Mister Bud to get along. But then they discover that they have the same schedule, and that doing things together is better than alone. They end as best friends. Each page has only a few words as caption for the illustrations. Goodrich uses watercolors to create his characters amid bits of context. The pictures skillfully depict the canine emotions in body postures and facial expressions. There are eight small vignettes on the end pages of the dogs interacting, examples of the events that bind them together. They are introduced in a double portrait on the jacket/cover, quizzical Mister Bud and bull-doggy Zorro preparing us for the confrontation ahead. The lesson on the joys of friendship is clear. Note the view of the dogs from the back and the odd arrangement of the front stuff on the title page. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—Mr. Bud is a pup with a satisfying life and a wonderfully unwavering schedule. "1. Wake-up time/2. Biscuit, then a walk time/3. Nap time/4. Shift-position-and-nap-some-more time," etc. But one day, a new dog arrives during "Greet and make a fuss time." Equally particular about their toys and personal space, Zorro and Mr. Bud are immediately at odds—until they discover that they have the same exact routine. Goodrich's gently humorous tale is conveyed through a perfect pairing of well-spaced text and illustrations, resulting in just the right pace for young listeners. Generous white space focuses the eye on Goodrich's warmhearted watercolor illustrations, featuring amusing exaggerated proportions, from Mr. Bud's gigantic snout and wee legs to his tall but skinny house, and endearingly expressive canine faces. Often, the illustrations say it all. In one standout image, Zorro, a snarling bulldog, vigorously defends his comfy overstuffed chair and pile of cuddly toys, teeth bared and eyes wide. In another, Mr. Bud's long nose and Zorro's petite one peek curiously over a bedspread, the couple now totally in tandem. This neat little tale will appeal not only to dog fans, but also to families facing a wide variety of situations, from those with an overly particular child to those introducing a new routine or new family member. Mr. Bud and Zorro will make themselves at home in any collection.—Jayne Damron, Farmington Community Library, MI
Kirkus Reviews

Being a dog, Mr. Bud leads a dog's life. It is most gratifying: eat, walk, nap, nap, nap, eat, walk, movie, sleep—"and everybody stuck to the schedule. No exceptions." Then young Zorro, a pug, joins the family and threatens to make a hash of things. Zorro comes equipped with his own toys, his own moods and—forefend!—his own schedule, but it turns out to jibe with Mr. Bud's, and that common ground launches their friendship. Goodrich has a delightfully economical and humorous voice: trim yet filled with barely contained emotion—kind of like a dog. "One day, right at greet and make a fuss time... / there was a stranger. / And there was trouble" (the fateful confrontation takes place over three pages). In the background, in a lighter typeface, are the voices of humans, largely ignored. And the artwork is arresting, done in watercolors of enormous personality and quality. Mr. Bud is a mutt and mostly nose; Zorro is all face: expressive, raccoon eyes and a mouth that speaks volumes if not words. Goodrich catches them in classic dog behavior—supine with legs akimbo, charging out the door before it is fully open, expectant with chin on the edge of the bed—and he graces them with the kind of appeal that you really want to see them again.(Picture book. 4-8)

Pamela Paul
Goodrich…creates animals that are emotionally expressive, humorous and recognizably individual. Somewhere, someone knows these dogs—and has learned to laugh at their foibles.
—The New York Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781416938934
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date:
03/22/2011
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
359,983
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 9.24(h) x 0.38(d)
Lexile:
AD180L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Carter Goodrich has illustrated sixteen New Yorker covers and was the lead character designer for Brave, Ratatouille (for which he won the International Animated Film Society’s Annie Award for character design), and Despicable Me. He has designed characters for many other beloved animated films, including Finding Nemo; Monsters, Inc; and Open Season. Of the films he has worked on, four have gone on to win Academy Awards. A Rhode Island School of Design graduate, he has twice been awarded the gold medal from the Society of Illustrators in New York. His picture books include We Forgot Brock!, Say Hello to Zorro!, Zorro Gets an Outfit, Mister Bud Wears the Cone, A Creature Was Stirring, and The Hermit Crab. Carter lives in Los Angeles, California. Be sure to visit Carter at CarterGoodrich.com.

Carter Goodrich has illustrated sixteen New Yorker covers and was the lead character designer for Brave, Ratatouille (for which he won the International Animated Film Society’s Annie Award for character design), and Despicable Me. He has designed characters for many other beloved animated films, including Finding Nemo; Monsters, Inc; and Open Season. Of the films he has worked on, four have gone on to win Academy Awards. A Rhode Island School of Design graduate, he has twice been awarded the gold medal from the Society of Illustrators in New York. His picture books include We Forgot Brock!, Say Hello to Zorro!, Zorro Gets an Outfit, Mister Bud Wears the Cone, A Creature Was Stirring, and The Hermit Crab. Carter lives in Los Angeles, California. Be sure to visit Carter at CarterGoodrich.com.

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Say Hello to Zorro! 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is SO funny and looks just like the relationship between our large and small dog. It is my daughter's new favorite.
Brunette_Librarian More than 1 year ago
     It&rsquo;s always hard when your parents bring home a new sibling...or when your entire existence is upset with an addition that you clearly weren't&rsquo;t expecting. That&rsquo;s exactly the situation that poor Bud is in when his family brings home a new dog named Zorro!        Used to his schedule, Bud is a very particular pup. He knows when he sleeps, he has specific times for his outside excursions, and he greets his humans in a certain way. One day his family brings home a new dog who upsets everything he ever has done. Zorro is a bit onery too, and likes his way too. Yet as the two dogs get to know one another, they both realize that sometimes two are better than one, even at dinnertime!       A creative and cute story perfect for children who are getting new sibling or even for families who may be combining children, I found myself laughing out loud at poor Bud. He was completely over having a new dog in the house. Great illustrations and a perfect story for read alouds, I can easily see this being a favorite with kids. Short simple sentences make it a great choice for early readers and lets face it, its just plain funny. Heck, I&rsquo;m almost 30 and I loved it! I&rsquo;m gonna go beg for more books by Carter Goodrich now!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kids with or without dogs will love this book. Adults will enjoy it too! Fantastic!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Easy for kids to read themselves. Cute story.
BeccaN More than 1 year ago
This tale of Mister Bud and Zorro learning to share housespace is hilarious, especially if you have dogs of your own. Carter Goodrich (lead character designer for "Despicable Me") shows his expertise in bringing the characters alive with awesome illustrations that enhance the humor elements of this story. Definite thumbs-up!
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